HELLO AND WELCOME.
Umm….This blog/website has been in the works for a while. I’d say I’m ashamed of how long it’s taken me to post, but shame is something I’m trying to combat this year, so let’s just say I feel a bit silly for procrastinating as long as I have.
I started toying around with the idea of a blog and an accompanying podcast last March (as in..almost a full year ago), put a bunch of work into it, even paid for a legitimate logo from a graphic design friend, bought a nice microphone, and then….insert excuse here. I dunno, life just happened. And I’m still feeling iffy about the podcast (SUCH A COMMITMENT), but enough is enough – I miss blogging and while I can’t confirm that this blog will always be 100% book review/reading-related, I can promise that those topics will make up at least a good chunk of the content. Other posts will be about whatever the heck I feel like, because I’m an adult and I do what I want.
So I’m starting off this year with a few goals, as I’m sure many of you are too. I’m a project-oriented person; successful yearly projects include a Project 365, cooking 52 new recipes, and reading 100 books (somehow not to the detriment of my entire social life).
This year, my goals are a little more abstract, and I think I’m ok with that. This year I want to focus on mindfulness, personal ambition, and self-care. What does that even mean? Often, we put ourselves last in every category in life – health, relaxation, hobbies, enjoyment, personal fulfillment, etc. And this year is the year I’m going to learn how to say “no.” It’s the year I’m going to learn how to be kind to myself, and to my body. And it’s the year I’m going to really and truly pursue the things I’m interested in…no halfheartedness allowed!
1. Write. Just freaking write something, already.
Creative writing is that seemingly unreachable thing I view wistfully from afar. It’s that thing I love, but can’t ever seem to do in my free time (I already write nonfiction for my job). It’s filled with “not good enoughs,” staring hopelessly at empty Word documents, and being creatively tired. I want to get past whatever roadblocks I’ve created in my brain and just DO THE DANG THING ALREADY. I’m exploring writing prompts, word goal ideas, journal projects, etc. I can’t expect to be good at something if I…well…never do it.
2. Travel more. Travel somewhere new. Find adventure.
Traveling is a life-breathing experience for me. I can’t describe the fulfillment I get in encountering new places, cultures, restaurants, and experiences. It’s one of my absolute favorite things to spend money on (and I hate spending money…just ask my husband, haha), and I also feel like it’s one of the most valuable things you can spend your money on. I’ve already got a good start on this goal, as I’m planning a girls weekend in San Diego next month, and I’ll be visiting Nashville to hike Mt. LeConte in April with my mom, uncle, and cousin. June brings the possibility of a work trip to New Orleans, a place I’ve never been but would love to visit, and in August, Danny and I will take our annual trip somewhere new…and hopefully somewhere tropical. 😉
3. Read 50 books.
Ever since reading 100 books in 2013, I haven’t exactly felt the, ahem, desire to do that again. I’m sure I could if I set my mind to it, but I’ve learned that I tend to read at a slightly slower pace than what’s required for 100 books over 365 days, and I enjoy it so much more when I don’t have a deadline breathing down my neck. I set a goal for 50 books in 2015, and only managed to get to 38, so I’m setting it at 50 again to see if I can make it happen this time.
4. Get healthy.
Notice I say healthy, not skinny. So much of my life – practically my entire existence – has been consumed with trying to get skinny (um, it hasn’t happened yet), body negativity, and a general lack of self-confidence in my appearance and physical abilities. This year, I’d like to get truly healthy – both physically and mentally. This is a topic I’ll likely post more about in the future, because hello I have lots of thoughts on the subject!
5. Continue learning to code.
And that’s it! As far as regular posting goes, I have no idea what sort of schedule I’ll keep, so I’m just going to play it by ear and see what feels natural. If you’ve made it this far, thanks for reading! I’m excited for 2016 – I hope you are too! 🙂
Qs: What are your goals for 2016? Are you a resolution person?